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Hi I'm Mark

I grew up in Danville, CA and am now serving a mission in Boise, ID. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to watch and play football and basketball. I played football in high school and loved it. I like to hangout with my friends, go boating, motorcycling, and find the best places to eat at. One of my favorite things to do is have a bunch of friends over and watch football with a bunch of amazing food. I love to travel and try new things. I go to University of Utah and am planning on going back there when I get home from my mission from Boise, ID. I am an epilleptic and am blessed to live in a time where meds can solve my problems. I love my family and hanging out with them, and to spend time on vacation in Lake Tahoe, Mexico, and various other places we vacation to. I believe am a firm believer in family comes first, and I'm lucky to have grown up in a family that is so close to each other and have such great friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love the values it teaches, and how I have seen it positively effect and change my life as well as others' lives. I grew up in the church and feel incredibly blessed that I was because my parents set such a great example for me and taught me between right and wrong. If I had not grown up with such moral values, I know my life would far different than it is today and I would not be serving a mission. Not only do I like the values the church teaches, but it gives purpose to our lives that otherwise wouldn't make sense. If we did not have a purpose of being on this earth, we would have no need for moral values and could do whatever we thought would make us happy. But we are taught to put off the "natural man", because the natural man knows not what is best for him or herself. That is why we have the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and a Prophet on the earth today to help us in these Latter Days make decisions that will not only help us be happy here on earth, but also in an eternal perspective. When we look at our time here on earth, it is very, very short in comparison to eternity. That is why we must follow the instruction heeded to us from God through the scriptures, the Prophet Thomas S. Monson, and prayer. I would not be serving a mission right now if I didn't know for a fact that these things are true, and that it is essential that everyone knows and follows the counsel we are given through revelation in order to be saved at the Last Day. It would be selfish of me not to share the knowledge I have gained, and that is why I am serving a full-time 2 year mission. I know that this is THE most important thing on this earth, and that if one prays to ask if these things are true, God will not fail them in giving them an answer because He wants us to know the truth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living my life one step at a time, and making sure I have my priorities straight in an eternal perspective. Being a 20 year old, it is easy to get caught up in worldly activities and objects. That is why I have chosen to serve a mission right now, because a missionary is meant to only look outwardly and not selfishly, and to help and serve others as much as they possibly can. Whether the individual is interested in the church or not, or already a member, I always try to offer service to them or help them in anyway possible. I love to help and serve others, and I have realized that in doing so is where one finds true happiness. Self-indulgence activities and objects are things that Satan uses to disguise true happiness, because Satan knows that although these things are meant to look harmless and make one happier, they are not things that will make us happier in an eternal perspective. I have found that whether a person is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or not, if they have a belief in Christ and serve others, they are on average much happier than people that do not. That is why I try to invite everyone to come closer unto Christ by participating in activities that provide true happiness, and I try as hard as I can to not participate in activities or indulge myself in things that would not please the Lord. I find that when I am giving all my effort into trying to do things that would please the Lord, I am happier than the times that I have not been as obedient as I should be. I will do anything to help others come closer unto Christ and be happier, because I know I have been given a huge advantage growing up in the church and having the fulness of the truth of the Gospel in my life. I would encourage everyone to get on their knees and pray to Heavenly Father to ask for help and to have that fulness of the truth.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Mark
Both the Book of Mormon and Bible testify of Jesus Christ. Mormons do not place the Book of Mormon above or below the Bible, nor do they believe it to be an addition to the Bible. We believe the Book of Mormon is a separate Book that is a Gift from God to help us return to live with Him again. I have read and prayed about both the Book of Mormon and the Bible and know both of them to be the true word of God. I know that God wants everyone to have the Gift of the Book of Mormon, and I would encourage everyone to read and pray about both the Book of Mormon and the Bible to ask God if they are His true words. Show more Show less